What is Water Kefir?
Water kefir is a dairy-free probiotic drink made from fermenting water kefir grains (culture) with sugar water, coconut water, or fruit juices. After fermentation, the result is a healthy sparkling beverage beneficial to gut health. The water kefir SCOBY commonly referred to as water kefir grains is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The term grains refers to the cultures' appearance but contains no actual grain.
What is the origin of water kefir?
Water kefir has traditionally been consumed for centuries and possibly longer. The most widely excepted origin story comes from Mexico where the water kefir grains "tibicos" were harvested from the prickly pear cactus and later used to create a pleasantly sweet and bubbly drink still popular today. Some common names for water kefir used around the world include Japanese Water Crystals, Graines Vivantes (French), Aqua Gems, Kefir di Frutta (Italian), Ginger Beer Plant, and Bebees.
What are the health benefits of water kefir?
Water kefir is a probiotic drink that contains several beneficial varieties of live bacteria and yeast. Water kefir also contains valuable enzymes, B-vitamins (including B-12) and minerals. The nutritional benefits increase when adding in fruits, herbs or teas to flavor.
What are probiotics and why should i take them?
According to the National Institutes of Health "probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits. Although people often think of bacteria or other microorganisms as harmful "germs," many microorganisms help our bodies function properly". The functions of probiotics are to increase immunity, promote digestion and improve gut health.
Is my Probiotic supplement as effective as water kefir?
Probiotic supplements vary in quality, number of CFUs and strains of microorganisms. It is very difficult to know whether a probiotic supplement is actually performing because the culture is dormant. Water kefir, a living probiotic, is active when consumed increasing the chance of surviving the low acidic pH of the stomach. Water kefir also contains multiple varieties of beneficial bacteria and yeast while most probiotic supplements may only contain a limited variety.
Does Water kefir contain alcohol?
Fermented beverages are commonly known to contain alcohol, however water kefir is classified as a non-alcoholic beverage. We have formulated our water kefir to ensure only trace amounts of less than or equal to 0.1% ABV is present. The federal law states that all beverages classified as non-alcoholic should contain no more than .5% ABV.